Title

Surviving poverty: Stress and coping in the lives of housed and homeless mothers.

Abstract

Stress, coping, and depressed mood were examined in a sample of 64 homeless mothers (mean age 29.24 yrs) and a comparison group of 59 housed low-income mothers (mean age 31.79 yrs). Homeless mothers reported significantly higher levels of stress and depression, as well as greater use of avoidant and active-cognitive coping strategies, than did the housed mothers. Within-group analyses revealed an association between greater use of avoidant strategies and higher levels of reported depression for both groups. Implications for research and program development are discussed.

Publication Date

7-1998

Journal Title

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1037/h0080357

Document Type

Article

Rights

1998 American Orthopsychiatric Association